Hibs sporting director Graeme Mathie has explained how the Easter Road club have benefitted from using transfer software with the likes of Arsenal and Juventus.

Described as ‘transfer speed-dating,’ TransferRoom is a platform which allows clubs to network directly on a wide-range of topics, mainly recruitment. Hibs secured the signing of Vykintas Slivka from Juventus in 2017 with help from the service while a friendly has been arranged with fellow platform-user Arsenal.

Hibernian Squad Head shots 2020/21

‘Speed-dating’ with the likes of Arsenal and Juventus. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Mathie tells NTOF it’s been of great use to the cinch Premiership club: “It’s a clever idea, it’s almost like an unofficial transfer list. Every club that accesses it can make players available for transfer, either permanently or for loan. It’s happened recently where we’ve got a name and we weren’t quite sure whether he was available.

“His club were thankfully on TransferRoom. We were then able to find out whether they thought he was available for a transfer or loan. You can go as far as putting in the value of your players, so it is nice and easy to see how much money clubs would consider for their players.

“Otherwise, you ask them to make contact with you. You can even organise things like friendlies with clubs. It’s just an easy way for clubs to connect. There are events where you can go and meet people and we have did business with some of these people since.

“In terms of a networking tool, it’s brilliant. Agents will always be in the conversation at some point but this is a way to get quick and easy answers from clubs. I use it regularly and there’s some really interesting bits to it. For the English clubs, there is a government endorsement calculator, which estimates whether a player can get a work permit.”

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